Messe Berlin and the coronavirus outbreak
Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic special safety and hygiene measures have become necessary in order to hold trade fairs and guest events. The focus here is on the health and safety of our customers, visitors and employees. We are in close contact with the relevant public health authorities of the Land of Berlin and our measures follow the recommendations of the Robert Koch Institute. The Berlin Senate provides up-to-the-minute information on containing the pandemic on its own website.
Trade fairs, congresses and guest events can only take place on the Berlin Exhibition Grounds while taking the Berlin Infection Control Directive into account, and in close coordination with the relevant public health authority. The most recent update of the SARS-CoV-2 Infection Control Directive from 03 November 2020 permits events to be held, subject to attendance limits. Accordingly, open-air events may take place with a maximum attendance of 100 at any one time. For indoor events the attendance limit is 50. These restrictions will apply initially until the end of November 2020. Safety and hygiene measures must also be put in place in order to take the best possible steps to ensure the safety of all participants.
No trade fairs or in-person events are scheduled on our grounds until the end of 2020. Instead we have set up virtual formats which, despite the wide-ranging restrictions, make it possible for our exhibitors, partners and visitors to participate. An updated timetable can be found on our events calendar.
The safety and health of our exhibitors, partners and visitors have the utmost priority for us. Therefore, in coordination with the relevant public health authorities Messe Berlin has developed a comprehensive safety and hygiene concept. The concept is based on the following principles: hygiene, physical distancing and contact tracing. Measures include separate entrances and exits, wide aisles and limited seating in front of stages in order to ensure physical distancing of 1.5 metres. In addition to bathrooms, door handles and hand rails being regularly cleaned/disinfected to prevent smear infection, wearing a face mask at events is also advised. Furthermore, subject to data protection laws, the contact data will be collected of those persons entering and leaving the exhibition grounds. This data will be made available upon request to the relevant public health authority in order to trace the contacts of COVID-19 infected persons.
Every event is assessed individually according to this safety and hygiene concept and measures are coordinated correspondingly. Due to the unpredictability of developments regarding the coronavirus pandemic, these measures are subject to constant review and amended as required.
Details of measures for individual events can be found on the respective websites. If you have any queries please contact our colleagues coordinating your event. Contact information is available on the websites of the events.
For further details, you may consult the full versions of the Safety and Hygiene Concept:
Should face masks be worn on the stand? What precautions must I take during stand construction? Who is responsible for contact tracing? Our FAQs for exhibitors provide answers to the most frequently asked questions on everything to do with hygiene at events.
Following a decision by the Berlin Senate a provisional coronavirus treatment centre has been set up in Hall 26 on the grounds of Messe Berlin. This backup facility is intended to alleviate the pressure on Berlin hospitals treating COVID-19 patients. The treatment centre is completely partitioned off from the remainder of the exhibition grounds and is expressly planned as a temporary facility. It is to remain open no longer than 31 December 2020.
Messe Berlin supported the Senate’s efforts to set up the treatment centre in order to better prepare the city for the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Equipping the Coronavirus Treatment Centre (CBZ) is being supervised and coordinated by the Senate Department for Health, Nursing and Equality. It is operated by the municipality’s Vivantes Hospital Group.
If you have any questions please find the appropriate contact below:
Vivantes Netzwerk für Gesundheit GmbH
Tel.: 030-130 10
Press offices of the Senate Department for Health, Nursing and Equality (https://www.berlin.de/sen/gpg/service/presse/)
Inquiries by local residents and the general public: please contact the Berlin Senate administration by emailing Info-CBZ@SenGPG.Berlin.de.
Additional information on the Coronavirus Treatment Centre can be found here: https://www.corona-zentrum-berlin.de/
Date: 11 November 2020